Excerpt from The Contributor, Vol. 6: A Monthly Magazine of Home Literature; May, 1885
His son, Aristobulus I, succeeded him B. C. 106, and assuming the title of King of Judea founded the Asmonean kmga dom, which lasted seventy years. His brother, Alexander Jannaeus, mounted the throne one year afterwards. He be longed to the sect of Sadducees, and his reign was marked by a civil war between them and the rival sect of Pharisees, who had broken out in re bellion. Alexander crushed the re bellion and wreaked terrible vengeance on his enemies, but, dying in B. C. 78, he advised his wife Alexandra to secure her peace by allying herself with the Pharisees, who were still powerful enough to be dreaded. She followed his counsel and reigned peaceably for eight years. A civil war between her sons, Hyrcanus and Aristobulus, fol lowed the queen's death in B. C. 69, and the contest raged for seven years, Pompey, the Roman, appeared upon the scene, put an end to the conﬂict and seated Hyrcanus upon his father's throne. Aristobulus was carried a pris oner to Rome, but escaped at the end of six years, and the war between the brothers was resumed. The Romans again interfered, and having made Aristobulus a prisoner, confined Hyr cahus to his priestly office, and placed Judea under the rule of the Sanhedrim, or Council of Seventy, with the High Priest added.
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